COLORADO: Tom Tancredo announced yesterday that he would run for governor as a candidate with the American Constitution Party, prompting Ben Goss, the Constitution Party candidate until now, to say he would "rather let a strong conservative confront GOP candidates Scott McInnis and Dan Maes than leave them unchallenged," the Denver Post reports. "It’s not that I’m not a strong conservative," Goss said. "But I don’t have the same ability to bring focus to my message and to marshal and motivate resources."
In the Senate race, Democrat Andrew Romanoff has sold his Colorado house to loan his campaign $325,000, the Post finds. "I’m never home anyway,” said Romanoff of the decision.
Roll Call goes to Denver and dives into boots vs. high heels, or Ken Buck vs. Jane Norton: "In many ways, the marriage between Buck and the tea party has been one of convenience. ... Some activists in the state admit that they are supporting Buck in large part because he’s not Norton."
FLORIDA: Stu Rothenberg takes a look at Rick Scott, who Rothenberg calls "the odds-on favorite to win the Aug. 24 GOP primary over state Attorney General Bill McCollum" and "no worse than even money" in the general election. "How did Scott get to this point, where he is likely to be the GOP nominee? First and most obviously, Scott’s money made the difference." He adds: "[A]lthough McCollum and his allies have hammered Scott in paid media over Columbia/HCA’s $1.7 billion settlement, voters seem to be ignoring Scott’s warts, whether because they are more concerned with how government is affecting their lives or they have become so cynical about politicians that none of them look like bargains. It’s hard to believe that Scott would be doing as well if he were running in any other cycle or, possibly, against a different kind of opponent. But this may just be the perfect cycle for him, both in the primary and in the general election. Democrats ought to be careful about treating him as a weak general election opponent."
OKLAHOMA: The Tulsa World previews today's open primaries in Oklahoma. "The top of the ticket is the governor's race, with two Democrats and four Republicans seeking to replace Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat who is finishing the final year of his second term. He cannot seek a third term," the paper writes.
The Daily Oklahoman's lead: "Republican and Democratic voters take the first step today to select who will lead the state for the next four years, choosing from a lineup that is one of the most impressive in recent memory."
Here's an interesting fact: Longtime Attorney General Drew Edmonson, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, had an uncle who was governor, father was a congressman, and brother is chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
By the way, Mary Fallin, who's the front-runner for the GOP nomination isn't going to vote. Instead, she will "vote on an emergency funding measure for military operations in Afghanistan."
On Friday, one of us previewed the races here.
PENNSYLVANIA: "Senate candidate Joe Sestak says President Barack Obama has offered to come to Pennsylvania to campaign, but he would not be Sestak's first choice," The Morning Call writes. "He'd rather have Obama's wife, Michelle, hit the trail with him. Sestak told reporters at the Pennsylvania Press Club that Obama 'has offered to come and I went down to the White House and said absolutely, but I said, what I really want, my number one choice ... I said Michelle Obama.'"
TENNESSEE: A Mason-Dixon poll shows Knoxville Mayor Haslam beating Rep. Zach Wamp 36%-25%, the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reports.